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The creeks in the remote island off Columbia flowed like spilt dark wine through the jade-colored canyons to meet the sea. Speeding over, I saw alpine meadows covered with wildflowers and lakes so deep and black that they looked like the sunken eyes of the earth itself. Set by an emerald moat of salt water, it was highly likely that few had treaded the island. It was awesome indeed but I had come not to admire its beauty but to see the white bear.

My guide and companion in boating and bushwhacking for the next ten days, Lenny insisted that the coast was in the grip of a dry spell and that was why we had not spotted any bear, black or white. He believed there were only 5 to 15 white bears which shared the island with some 100 black ones as well as otters and eagles.

"Rain swells the creek so salmons can spawn. But now the creeks are too shallow for the salmons and the bears are hiding in the bushes, feeding on huckleberries and skunk cabbage," Lenny tried to comfort me as I packed my duffle bag for home. Between white rocks and white driftwood logs, I had spent my first few days seeing imaginary white bears by the dozen. All I had seen of the white ghost for the last couple of days were a few snowy hairs on a tree where it had scratched its back.

As we were southbound on our motorboat, down a narrow channel between the island and the mainland, I gazed in the wilderness, chanting eagerly, "Show me a white bear; show me a sign." I swear this litany was in my head when a round whitish boulder suddenly grew a head and turned to stare at our boat. When it grew legs and ambled over to the river, I thought I was hallucinating. Hands trembling, I trained my binoculars on it to be sure.

Against the background of the forest, his creamy white fur shone with a strange lustre, like polished ivory set in an emerald. "Bear ! White bear !" I blurted out in sheer excitement.

"It sure is," Lenny grinned, squinting hard.

Whitey sat on his rump on the rocks and scratched behind his ear with one foot. Perhaps perplexed by our interest, he peered at us, then turned his back and casually wandered up. Splashing into the stream, he swam across and walked into the forest. I felt a great rock of previous disappointment lift off my head. I was in seventh heaven.

     
  1. It was 'highly unlikely that few had treaded the island' (paragraph 1) because ______.
       
    (A) it had many deep lakes
    (B) of the existence of bears
    (C) it was surrounded by canyons
    (D) it was in the middle of a moat
       
  2. The writer's guide had explained that they had not seen any bears because ______.
       
    (A) the weather was too hot
    (B) the weather was too cold
    (C) it had not rained for some time
    (D) it had been raining for many days
       
  3. Why do you think the writer had been 'seeing imaginary white bears by the dozen' (paragraph 5) ?
       
    (A) It was difficult to spot them.
    (B) He was obsessed about seeing them.
    (C) There were no white bears on the island.
    (D) He did not know what white bears looked like.
       
  4. The writer's hands trembled when he spotted the bear because ______.
       
    (A) he was afraid of it
    (B) he was excited to see it
    (C) he was nervous to see it
    (D) he was worried for his safety
       
  5. At the end of the passage, the writer felt _____.
       
    (A) delighted
    (B) perplexed
    (C) comfortable
    (D) disappointed
       
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  Answers : 1D   2C   3B   4B   5A
 
 
 
 

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